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Former Trump campaign manager withdraws from hearing

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien abruptly withdrew from Monday’s appearance before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, citing a family emergency, said the panel.

Stepien was expected to be a key witness as the panel delves into what it calls the “big lie,” the defeated Republican president’s false allegations of voter fraud that fueled his tireless efforts to void the 2020 election and drove a host of his supporters besieged the United States Capitol.

The committee said Stepien’s attorney would appear and make a formal statement, and it pushed back its start time as lawmakers and staff rushed to change plans.

Monday’s hearing was set to resume with more live witnesses, with committee members saying they had uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal charge against the former president. Stepien was subpoenaed for his public testimony.

Representative Speaker Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, and Representative Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, are expected to lead the morning hearing after last week’s blockbuster session drew nearly 20 million Americans for see his findings in prime time.

For a year, the committee has been investigating the most violent attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812 to ensure that such an assault never happens again. Lawmakers hope to show that Trump’s efforts to undo Joe Biden’s election victory posed a serious threat to democracy.

Stepien, a longtime Trump ally, oversaw the “conversion” of Trump’s presidential campaign into a “Stop the Steal” effort, according to a subpoena issued by the committee last fall. He is likely to face questions about what members of Trump’s inner circle were telling the president about the election results. Stepien is now a top campaign adviser to Trump-endorsed House candidate Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Cheney in Wyoming’s Republican primary.

In addition to Stepien, the committee is also expected to hear testimony from Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News Channel political editor closely involved in election night coverage who supported the decision to declare Arizona as won by Biden. He wrote about his experiences later in an op-ed and could be asked about Trump’s actions as Fox New said Biden had won.

A second group of witnesses testifying Monday will be made up of election officials, investigators and experts likely to discuss Trump’s responses to the election, including dozens of unsuccessful legal challenges, and how his actions diverged. American standards.

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